Rudolf Thiel 23rd July 1899 - 28th September 1981
He was born on 23rd July 1899 in Kaiserslautern Germany. In 1917 he joined the Imperial German army as a pioneer; part of his job was to help the movement of troops.
After World War 1 he studied natural sciences in Bonn and Munich.
Although he published books in different areas of science, in astronomy he will best be remembered as the author of “And There Was Light” published in 1958.
The book describes the changing ideas of astronomy from the earliest times through to the 1950s and is written in a simple clear non mathematical way.
Rudolf Thiel died on September 28th 1981 in Germany